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Personal Development Health and Physical Education

The Secondary PDHPE course aims to develop in each student the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to understand, value and lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Students address the problems associated with the lifestyles adopted by individuals, particularly in respect to drug use, accidents, diet, physical activity and sexual activity, as well as other high risk behaviours.


Participation in regular activity is an inherent component of the PDHPE course. The health benefits of physical activity is studied in theoretical class and put into practice in practical classes. Movement experiences incorporate skills which help develop self-awareness, self-confidence, problem solving and interpersonal skills. Students participate in a range of movement contexts and environments, adapting and transferring their movement to suit the situation.


Stage 4

Stage 5

Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Belonging and Relationships
  • Community Health
  • Recognising Risk
  • Growth and change
  • Personal Safety
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Balanced Lifestyle
  • Movement, Skill and Performance
  • Decision Making
  • Gymnastics and Dance

Focus areas for Stage 5 are:

  • Self and Relationships
  • Movement Skill and Performance
  • Individual and Community
  • Lifelong Physical Activity
  • Communicating
  • Decision-making
  • Interacting
  • Moving
  • Problem-solving/Planning



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